Discussion can take place in a variety of contexts and disciplines, from seminars to labs to lectures. Engaging learners in discussion deepens their learning and motivation by propelling them to develop their own views and critical thinking skills.

Why Would I Use Discussion?
Discussion adds a personal dimension to the learning process. It stimulates learners to more actively engage with the materials, and it helps them develop their reasoning and communication skills.
When Can I Use Discussion?
Classroom discussions can be a useful pedagogical tool to engage learners critical thinking. Discussions are useful when covering topics that have grey areas or ambiguity.

Krista Hoffmann-Longtin

Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis